Apple Unveils Second Generation HomePod with Spatial Audio, Temperature Sensor, and Improved Siri Features”

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Apple has announced the 2nd generation HomePod, two years after discontinuing the original model.
The new speaker joins the HomePod Mini, which was released in 2020.
The 2nd Gen HomePod features a refined design, innovative listening experience and upgraded intelligence.
The HomePod is a must-have home essential due to its advanced features and capabilities.
Features include: spatial audio, temperature sensor, and improved Siri capabilities.
Availability and expected price of the HomePod in Nepal is currently unknown.

Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) Overview:

Design

Apple Unveils Second Generation HomePod with Spatial Audio, Temperature Sensor, and Improved Siri Features"

The new HomePod boasts a beautiful design with a seamless transparent mesh fabric.
The speaker comes in two colors, white and midnight, and is made with 100% recycled mesh fabric. The power cable also matches the woven design.
The new HomePod Mini looks similar to the original model, with a black and white mesh fabric exterior and an opaque touch panel on top.
The touch panel glows with a colorful orb of light when activating Siri, and a small white orb oscillates as the music plays, adding a visual element to the listening experience.

Audio

Apple Unveils Second Generation HomePod with Spatial Audio, Temperature Sensor, and Improved Siri Features"

The 2nd Gen HomePod has 5 tweeters instead of 7 and 4 far-field microphones instead of 6.
It can detect its location in a room and adjust the sound output accordingly.
It uses an Apple S7 SoC for computational audio and real-time tuning.
It can be paired with another HomePod for stereo sound or used as a speaker for Apple TV 4K.
It supports spatial audio with Dolby Atmos, and has a high-excursion woofer and powerful motor that fills the room with rich bass.
The 5 beamforming tweeters provide clear vocals and detailed audio.

Features 

The new HomePod features built-in temperature and humidity sensors which can provide real-time information and trigger specific functions like turning on AC or closing blinds when preset temperature is met.
It can recognize the voices of up to six family members, similar to the HomePod mini.
A software update will enable a feature where the device will listen for smoke or carbon monoxide alarms and notify you via an iPhone if it detects any.

Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) Specifications:

  • Dimension: 6.6mm (H) x 5.6mm (W); 2.3kg
  • Audio: 4-inch high-excursion woofer, Five tweeters
  • Chipset: Apple S7 chip
  • Microphone: Yes, 4
  • Connectivity: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Thread, Ultra-Wideband chip
  • Voice Assistant: Siri
  • Control: Backlit touch surface
  • Sensors: Temperature, Humidity
  • Extra features: Stereo pairing

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Apple HomePod (2nd Gen) Price

Smart SpeakerPrice in the USPrice in Nepal (Expected)
Apple HomePod (2nd Gen)USD 299NPR 50,000

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